Administration on Aging Projection for the US Senior Population
According to the Administration on Aging, the number of Americans who are 85 or older is expected to triple to almost 20 million by the year 2050. While elderly women will still vastly outnumber men, the disparity is expected to slowly decrease.
What does this mean for the aging population, and how will these numbers affect the health care and long term care industry? As we are beginning to experience an increase in the aging population, health care professionals are working to accommodate the disparate needs of the senior community with various health care models and personalized care plans. Home health care agencies are developing new care models to service the population of seniors that choose “aging in place.” Assisted living communities are accommodating their residents with personalized care plans within the care types of independent living, assisted living, memory care and short term retreats. Health care facilities are forming specialized divisions for orthopedic rehab, cardiac rehab, Alzheimer’s/dementia care, neurorehabilitation, pulmonary rehab, wound care and various other long term care services.
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